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Jason Carter pushing for transportation sales tax
Democrat Jason Carter is reviving the idea of a regional sales tax for transportation infrastructure improvements in Georgia.
August 21, 2014 – Better Roads

Deficient roads cost Alabama drivers $3.1 billion statewide
Deficient, congested and unsafe roadways cost Alabama drivers as much as $1,562 annually, and a total of $3.1 billion statewide, according to a new TRIP report.
August 20, 2014 – Better Roads

Farm equipment on roads to be discussed
Farmers and local town and law enforcement officials are invited to attend seminars to discuss enacted Wisconsin legislation that updates state laws regarding farm machinery operating on Wisconsin roadways.
August 18, 2014 – Agri-View

Poll: Americans Support Tolls Rather Than Taxes for Highway Repairs
The latest Reason-Rupe poll of 1,000 adults finds 73% of Americans believe the government spends existing transportation funding inefficiently. Just 21% think government spends transportation money efficiently.
August 15, 2014 –

Infrastructure summit sets sights on long-term solutions
Addressing a room filled with Canadian and international infrastructure leaders during the Building Canada Up Summit, Kathleen Wynne affirmed her government's $130- billion commitment to improving infrastructure in Ontario over the next 10 years.
August 12, 2014 – On Site

Toll roads, P3s and creative financing will bring short-term gain, long-term disaster for the road building industry
For the last half-century gas and diesel taxes collected at the pump have been the primary source of funding for almost all our highway infrastructure. But Congress hasn't increased the gas tax or adjusted it for inflation since 1992.
August 8, 2014 – Better Roads

Construction News Tracker Video: AEM President Dennis Slater Comments on Highway Trust Fund Patch
After days of hot potato bill swapping, the U.S. Senate capitulated to the House and adopted the same bill for highway funds approved weeks ago - $10.9 billion through May of 2015, as the battle for long-term legislation continues. AEM President Dennis Slater comments on the developments.
August 7, 2014 –

Anthony Foxx calls for bigger public outcry for transpo funding
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx addressed the nation yesterday in a virtual town hall meeting.
August 7, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

The Export-Import Bank is NOT a subsidy
Opponents of reauthorizing the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States have been vocal in claiming that the bank distorts international trade and is a subsidy for U.S. businesses. The reality is the opposite.
August 7, 2014 – CNBC

Biden rips Congress for short-term highway bill
Vice President Joe Biden ripped Congress for passing only a short-term transportation funding extension that until next spring on Wednesday.
August 6, 2014 – The Hill

Missouri voters reject transportation sales tax
Lawmakers in Missouri will have to go back to the drawing board to fund transportation improvements such as rebuilding I-70. Voters in the state rejected a proposed sales-tax increase yesterday, the Kansas City Star reported.
August 6, 2014 – Roads & Bridges

LaHood urges lawmakers to step up on transportation funding
There's no free lunch when it comes to transportation funding. That was former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's message Tuesday to a committee of state business and legislative leaders resuming the search for a transportation funding solution in Georgia.
August 5, 2014 – Atlanta Business Chronicle

Congress votes final passage on highway bill
Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections.
August 1, 2014 – USA Today

Rural broadband needs 'sustained focus' from Congress, president
The head of the USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) told a House Agriculture subcommittee Tuesday that just as in the 1930s with rural electrification, "it will take a sustained focus from Congress and the executive branch to ensure that rural residents have the same access to broadband as their urban and suburban counterparts."
July 30, 2014 – AgriPulse

Ontario to Invest $130 Billion in Infrastructure
Ontario is moving forward with its plan to build opportunity and security for the future. The 2014 Ontario Budget tabled by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa takes immediate action to create jobs by investing in a highly skilled workforce, building modern infrastructure and transportation networks, and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate
July 28, 2014 – Rock Products

Senate approves Mendez, Rogoff nominations for USDOT posts
The U.S. Senate late last week confirmed the nominations of Victor Mendez as deputy secretary of transportation and Peter Rogoff as under secretary of transportation for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
July 28, 2014 – Progressive Railroading

Senate leaves highways unfunded for another week
The Senate adjourned for the week on Thursday without taking up a bill to prevent a bankruptcy in federal transportation funding.
July 25, 2014 – The Hill

Senate to vote on ending the gas tax
The Senate will hold a vote this week on a proposal that would eliminate most of the gas taxes that are paid by drivers in the United States.
July 23, 2014 – The Hill

Obama Launches Build America Investment Initiative
President Obama, speaking at the Port of Wilmington in front of the I-495 Bridge in Delaware, announced a new executive action to create the Build America Investment Initiative, a government-wide initiative to increase infrastructure investment and economic growth.
July 18, 2014 – Rock Products

Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman has reinforced need for US infrastructure investment
Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman has outlined the risks to US competitiveness if the US Government proves unable to agree on both short and long term infrastructure funding issues.
July 15, 2014 – World Highways

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